The Arts Innovation and Management program (AIM) helped 260 small and mid-sized nonprofit cultural organizations strengthen their organizational capacity and programming in six cities nationwide including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
SUPPORTING THE ARTS WITH UNRESTRICTED FUNDS AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Launched in 2015, this invitation-only grant program provided $30 million in unrestricted general operating support to a wide range of organizations, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature, and dance. Through this two-year program, grantees participated in a robust training program, developed by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. As part of this training program, grantees received one-on-one, in-depth consultation and six intensive group training seminars in artistic planning, fundraising, marketing, audience engagement through digital platforms, strategic planning, and board development. Grantees were also required to secure matching funds; ensure 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project), an online management system for cultural organizations.
The Arts Innovation and Management program is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.